While residents in Washington scrambled to pick up the pieces of a terrifying tornado Governor Mike Pence came in to survey the damage and hear their stories. Washington was one of the stops on a tour of damage around the state created by a supercell that left damage and death throughout the midwest.
The governor did more than a fly-over in Washington, but got out on the ground and visited with people affected by the EF-2 tornado that damaged close to 100 homes and businesses in Daviess County.
“Our hearts go out to all of the families affected by this storm,” said Pence. “We are watching with concern and admiration the way they responded. Hoosiers were really fortunate to have no loss of life. Local emergency agencies and just people and neighbors took the kind of action to save lives. This was a fast-moving, dangerous storm. It was a supercell. Even though it is late in the season people responded correctly to the warnings.”
The governor called the tour of the damaged areas part of the state response to the tornado outbreak. “We already have several state agencies like the Department of Transportation and the State Police involved in the clean-up,” he said. “We’re going to look to get more aid for these damaged communities from FEMA and the Small Business Administration. We also have a state disaster relief fund. Part of our effort will be to help those who were hard hit and did not have insurance.”
The governor was flanked by Mayor Joe Wellman, all of the area state lawmakers and Congressman Larry Bucshon as he went down into the hard hit Sycamore Street area. He listened to their stories and asked questions about the storm and their personal status.
“It means a lot,” said Jack Myles whose house at 206 Sycamore was hit by the storm. “It shows he cares. I think it will make a difference for us.”